Former New Jersey congressman and UN representative Frank J. Guarini has committed $10 million to enhance Dartmouth’s off-campus international education programs. (Courtesy photograph)

Former New Jersey congressman and UN representative Frank J. Guarini has committed $10 million to enhance Dartmouth’s off-campus international education programs. (Courtesy photograph)

Dartmouth Receives $10 Million Gift
To Expand Overseas Programs

Hanover — A former New Jersey congressman and Dartmouth College alumnus has donated $10 million to his alma mater to expand the Dartmouth’s off-campus international programs.

Frank J. Guarini graduated from Dartmouth in 1946 and his gift will endow the Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education.

Dartmouth’s first study abroad program started in the 1950s, and today, nearly 60 percent of its students participate in 43 foreign study programs in 24 countries.

The gift will help expand Dartmouth’s off-campus programs to under-represented areas of the world and introduce programs on an experimental basis depending on student interest and global developments. An associate deanship in international and interdisciplinary studies will also be endowed.

Guarini was a New Jersey state senator for two terms and served as a U.S. congressman for seven terms, retiring in 1993.

He was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as a U.S. representative to the General Assembly of the United Nations and served as a delegate to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Convention in London.

Guarini has also endowed Dartmouth’s Italian Language Study Abroad program in Rome.

Report: IPO Plan Withdrawn Involving Claremont Computer Firm

Claremont — The Woburn, Mass., services firm FusionStorm Global, has withdrawn its plans for an initial public stock offering that would have facilitated the merger of three companies, including Red River Computer, according to a story in the Boston Business Journal yesterday.

The business publication gave no reason for the decision. The IPO had been postponed in December 2011.

Along with Red River, FusionStorm in San Francisco and Denver-based Global Technology Resources would have been part of the merger, the Journal said, adding that the new company would have had 28 offices in the U.S. and Europe with 3,500 clients

Hanover Trust Awards Grants
To Hartord, Thetford Groups

Hanover — A Hanover-based charitable trust has awarded several grants to community-based organizations in Thetford, White River Junction and Hartford.

The Anne Slade Frey Charitable Trust awarded the Hartford Historical Society $500 to support “Welcome Abenaki Day,” an Abenaki cultural awareness day featuring guest speakers, traditional basket makers and a community pot luck and barbecue, to be held August 10.

Two recipients — First Congregational Church in Thetford and environmentalist educator Ginger Wallis of Thetford Center — received $250 and $500 grants, respectively, to support their efforts to raise awareness about clean energy and sustainability. The First Congregational Church’s grant will fund its Carbon Emission Reduction Resource and Education Center and Ginger Wallis’ grant will help purchase materials and artwork to develop a new board game geared toward educating players about carbon emissions.

Another $500, awarded to White River Indie Films in White River Junction, supported the screening of Eugene Jarecki’s documentary film The House I Live In at the 2013 White River Indie Film Fest.

The Trust has bi-annually awarded grants to Upper Valley organizations since the fall of 1993.

Hartford Wants Public’s Input
On Disaster Diversion Plans

Hartford — Hartford’s Hazard Mitigation Plan is in the process of being updated, and the town is asking for input from residents at the public meeting tonight at 6 in the Municipal Building, 171 Bridge St.

The meeting is intended to be a community brainstorming session to develop strategies for disaster diversion with an action-based plan to be implemented during the next five years. An outline was established during last winter’s sessions for what areas to tackle in the plan, including flooding, wind, severe winter storms, power outages, fires, transportation accidents and chemical spills.

Another public meeting to discuss disaster diversion plans will be held May 30 at 6 p.m. at the West Hartford General Store.

Contact Peg Elmer, 802-522-3844, with further input or concerns.

— Staff reports